A week-long photography exhibition titled ‘A Struggle for Democracy’ featuring the works of Shahidul Alam, an internationally-acclaimed photographer, is underway at Dirk Gallery. The exhibition, which was arranged to mark the 29th founding anniversary of the gallery as well as to protest the celebrated photographer’s detention, was collectively inaugurated by teacher and activist Prof. Anu Muhammad, human rights activist Khushi Kabir and Prof. Meghna Guhathakurta on September 04, 2018. Junayed Saki, writer and columnist Rahnuma Ahmed, Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua and ASM Rezaur Rahman were also present at the ceremony. ASM Rezaur Rahman is the curator of the exhibition.
Drik started its journey on September 04, 1989 and now it has become a distinctive multimedia organization in Bangladesh. They have already established their name in the arena of photography, publications, audiovisual, gallery and event management.
`A Struggle for Democracy’ features 22 images focusing on Shahidul Alam’s spirit of photography. The artworks displayed at the exhibition particularly includes works based on flood, struggle for democracy, struggle in hill tracks, burnt garment factory, crossfire, class struggle and a portrait of Nelson Mandela.
It is mentionable here that the photographer is currently in detention. At the exhibition, Prof. Anu Muhammad said, “Shahidul’s artworks will speak for him. We demand immediate release of Shahidul and all the students in prison; we want the government to check the ongoing disappearances, murders and crime in the country.”
Shahidul Alam, born in 1955, is a celebrated Bangladeshi photojournalist, teacher and social activist. He has been working as a photographer for more than forty years and his photographs have been published in almost every major western media outlets. Alam founded the Drik Picture Library in 1989, the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka in 1998 (which has trained hundreds of photographers), and introduced Chobi Mela International Photography Festival in 1999. Alam is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the UK. His books include Nature's Fury (2007) and My Journey as a Witness (2011). In 2014, he was awarded ‘Shilpakala Padak’ by the President of Bangladesh and in 2018 he received the Humanitarian Award from the Lucie Awards.
The exhibition will close on September 10, 2018.